Samsung 840 EVO vs Samsung 850 EVO vs OWC?

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  1. phantom5251 macrumors 6502

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking to upgrade to an SSD on my early 2011 MBP. I've seen cases for both Samsung and OWC. I do run Yosemite 10.10.2 beta on my MBP right now. Of the three what would allow for the best upgrade? All three drives seem to be running for the same price on Amazon right now (looking at 500 GB). Thank you in advance for the help!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I would eliminate the OWC as they use Sandforce controllers that have poor speeds with incompressible data.

    This leaves the other two. The 850 EVO is the newer replacement for the 840 EVO and is a little faster. Now that the pricing is the same, no reason really not to get the newer model.

    Also consider the Crucial MX100 in that segment. Even a little cheaper than the EVOs and a solid choice.
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    For what its worth, I recently installed a Crucial MX100 in my system (listed in sig) and it has worked well. I got it for $199.00 on Amazon.

    Nothing wrong with the Samsung from what I read. It came down to the best SSD bang for the buck for me, and Crucial won at the time. Otherwise, I may have gone with an EVO.
     
  4. Philly macrumors member

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    I just installed a 1TB Samsung 840 EVO and it works great. Didn't need to update the firmware. Also, my friend recently got a Crucial MX100 and loves it.
     
  5. leman macrumors 604

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    The 850 Evo without any hesitation, just because it is based on the V-NAND technology, which — at least in my book — is clearly superior to anything else currently on the market for consumer-level storage.
     
  6. Xeridionix macrumors regular

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    I would recommend Crucial's MX100, it's been on the market for a while and is a solid product. The Samsung 840 EVO had some performance issues (resolvable through a firmware update but that process is a bit complicated) and some folks seemed to have problems with it causing their computers to freeze, and the 850 EVO hasn't been on the market long enough to determine whether it may possibly have any issues.
     
  7. OverSpun macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in a similar position since I have a late '11 MBP i7 quad 2.5 w/ 16gb ram on 10.10.1.

    I have been planning on buying an SSD since I bought this laptop but Yosemite concerns me with the kext / trim enable talk. I need to keep my machine reliable (e.g. without booting with a flashing question mark).

    I was considering Crucial or OWC, not Samsung. What was your reason to not consider Crucial? I'm just trying to do my research if I should still get an SSD.
     
  8. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    As long as you turn off Trim Enabler before doing OS system updates, SMC and PRAM resets, you shouldn't have to worry about seeing the stop boot screen.
     
  9. OverSpun macrumors 6502a

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    I thought the kext signing was causing the issues, no?

    You have a good signature. :D Yeah well, Lou raised the price of coke he's been losing at the track.
     
  10. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    If the kext is altered and you try to boot, you won't get anywhere. That is true. With Trim Enabler, if you turn it off, it returns the kext to what it was originally. Once the updates are done, turn Trim Enabler back on, reboot, and you are good to go.

    Thanks for the compliment on the signature quote. One of my favorite movies. :cool:
     
  11. OverSpun macrumors 6502a

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    If I'm correct, you're speaking cindori's Trim Enabler with updates... I was thinking that any reboot would give you the flashing question mark during boot with Trim Enabler activated.

    I would not have any SSD issues if I do not touch trim at all? I was planning on buying an SSD and loading it up with my current backed up 10.10.1 in time machine unless I am missing anything else.

    or...

    Install the SSD and decide to activate trim w/ trim enabler and pay attention to updates and/or necessary PRAM resets?


    It's also one of my favorites and I'm sure not many people catch that random quote. I once had the opportunity to see the Lama talk but I couldn't stop thinking about Bill's monologue on the Lama's round. :D
     

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